PsoriasisTypes of Psoriasis

Let’s Talk About the Types of Psoriasis

There are multiple forms of this scaly skin condition, and which one you have will determine the treatment you receive.

    Our Pro PanelPsoriasis Types

    For the most up-to-date info on the types of psoriasis, we reached out to top skin doctors across the country.

    April W. Armstrong, M.D. headshot.

    April W. Armstrong, M.D.Professor of Dermatology, Associate Dean for Clinical Research and Psoriasis Program Director

    Keck School of Medicine and Department of Dermatology at the University of Southern California (USC)
    Los Angeles, CA
    Lawrence Eichenfield, M.D.

    Lawrence Eichenfield, M.D.Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology, Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics

    Rady Children's Hospital and University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
    San Diego, CA
    Gretchen W. Frieling, M.D. headshot.

    Gretchen W. Frieling, M.D.Dermatopathologist

    Private practice
    Newton, MA
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    Frequently Asked QuestionsPsoriasis Types

    How is scalp psoriasis different from dandruff?

    Both can be itchy and cause shedding onto your hair, clothes and furniture. But the similarities stop there. Scalp psoriasis, like plaque psoriasis, is an autoimmune disease that is usually chronic and incurable. On the other hand, dandruff can go away on its own or be treated with a mild dandruff shampoo (if it’s caused by dry weather, for instance) and doesn’t require medical attention.

    Can I still get manicures if I have nail psoriasis?

    Yes. In fact, keeping nails clean and trimmed and not biting them can help, and the cosmetic benefit can make you feel better about your nails. Be sure to tell your manicurist you have psoriasis because it’s easily mistaken with a fungal infection, which is contagious. One tip: Avoid long soaks. It robs your nails of moisture and that can make your nail psoriasis worse.

    When do you typically develop psoriatic arthritis?

    Around 85% of people develop skin psoriasis first or at the same time as psoriatic arthritis. Only about 15% get arthritis symptoms before the skin disease. Psoriasis is most likely to develop between 15 and 35 years old, while psoriatic arthritis shows up between ages 30 and 50.

    Are there any types of psoriasis that are not chronic?

    For some people, guttate psoriasis, characterized by spotty, scaly lesions on arms, legs and torso, may come once and never return. It is commonly triggered by infections, like a common cold or strep throat. Once you treat it, it may be gone for good.

    Krista Bennett DeMaio

    Krista Bennett DeMaio


    Krista Bennett DeMaio is a health and beauty writer living in Huntington, NY with her husband and three daughters.